Year 1 Blog
Welcome to the blog for our Year 1 classes. The year group blogs are a great communication tool. Teachers will be posting news, photographs, details of homework, examples of work, and anything they wish to share with their pupils and parents. Please speak to your class teacher if you have any question, feedback or concerns.
Green Class Teacher
Mrs De Vynck
Purple Class Teacher
This week saw an interesting class conversation about democracy and voting, and a whistle-stop tour of the British “first past the post” system of general elections! We also talked about how democracy is one of things to be proud of in British society. We will be doing our own version of this next week – w/c Monday 12th – when each class will, once again, elect their own School Councillors. We’ve had three entries from children in green class, where we will hold our elections on Thursday, so please have any sheets of ideas in by then. The sheets can be scribed by parents but the ideas must be the children’s own.
The mixed weather brought mixed fortunes in terms of being outside, but it was sunny enough on Wednesday and Friday for us to do some sports day practice outsides – mainly running and some other races. The children loved the running and really put their heart into it.
In Maths we have been learning about money, in depth; and really considering how to make different values with different coins. Importantly, the children understand well and are good at explaining why the amount of coins is all that matters when determining how much money you actually have.
On Friday the chidren wrote about their favourite “five a day” (fruit and vegetables).We will do more learning about healthy eating, understanding that it’s important to have a balanced diet. We noticed that on the “eatwell plate” poster we have foods high in fat and sugar – biscuits, cakes, etc – are not on the plate at all, but in a corner from which you can take few items, occasionally.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the sun this weekend. See you on Monday.
It’s been a fascinating week of Science at school. The children’s learning has been collated into books for you to look after school if you would like to; and I will make a book of photos of the week too.The children have found bugs outside and held some – larger, more exotic ones! – which were brought to school by the bug man, who is also called Martin! The children learnt about how to look after pet animals and were thrilled to meet Nibbles, Mrs De Vynck’s sons’ hamster. They talked about wrote about frog life cycles and made some “Who am I?” puzzles or riddles for their friends. In green class we identified which animals were the odd one out and then sorted and classified animals. The children really enjoyed being immersed in the topic most days this week and we have some lovely books to remember the day by.
We also have a talking book of the “Victorian Seaside” day which you are very welcome to come and listen to after school.
In Maths the class has really impressed me with their grasp of place value and use of it in adding together one and two-digit numbers to another two-digit number. The children used Dienes to make the numbers, to reinforce the visual aspect of Maths and as a start to being able to represent calculations in pictures (ie a line to represent ten and a . to represent one). In fact, the actual addition – of the tens as well as the ones – came from the children’s recall of number facts to ten (see below!) Today’s learning shows how far the children have come this year and how Maths Mastery should lead to continuous, fast progress for all children.
I also reminded the children this week that they must all know all of the number bonds up to ten thoroughly, so they have instant recall of any addition to ten, The online game “Hit the button” is a great way to learn these facts and can be played at home.
The children have done very well, bringing in hats and full water bottles. Please keep it up! Wishing you all a happy half-term, at home or away.
What a fantastic way to end this first half of the summer term. The children thoroughly enjoyed the Science Week and I am sure they have been giving you snapshots of what has been happenning.
Each afternoon the children went to a different classroom and did a Science activity related to animals. We also had a wow day, when Martin, the bug man, brought in different species of “mini-beasts” and the children had the opportunity to learn, talk about them and, if they wished, handle some of them. I was really impressed with how brave the children were, letting creepy crawlies walk on their clothes and even on their hair.
A glance at the various activities the children performed this week:
In Red Class they learnt and wrote about life cycle of frogs and butterflies. Miss Lewis has made and given us a lovely book with all their work.
They played a game of Guess Who (guessing the animals) in Red Class and then had to describe an animal for their partner to guess. Their careful work is also displayed on a book. Thank you, Mrs Barwin.
In Silver Class they discussed habitats and where and how different animals live. They loved building up the world map puzzle and locating each animal.
They went on a bug hunt with Gold Class and looked at the school wild life. They loved to see the little animals they found through magnifying glasses.
In Green Class they classified animals using different criteria.
Finally, in Purple Class we talked about animals as pets and how to look after them. To illustrate their learning I brought my pet hamster Nibbles and they quizzed me to make sure I was looking after her properly. Apparently I passed the test!
They have already started to apply what they have been learning during the week in today’s big write when we described and compared animals. They could give very detailed descriptions of their chosen animal and also compare with another animal of their choice.
We are producing our own book about the Science Week where we have many more photos of this week events and you will be able to look at it during our Open Evening or any day after school, if you wish.
I would like to say a big thank you to Mrs Redshaw for coming regularly to help Purple Class with some sewing, gardening and in the classroom as well. Parent helpers make these very enjoyable activities possible so we appreciate your time with us. If any other parent would like to spare some time weekly to support making learning even more fun, please speak to myself or express your interest at the school’s office.
We hope you have a good break and I look forward to seeing you all back for our last half-term in Year 1. You are so nearly ready to Year 1, Purple Class, and I am so proud of all of you.
Stay cool and see you soon.
Mrs De Vynck
There’s lots of learning which can be done outside: Science – identifying natural features planting seeds; English – speaking in sentences and writing a list; saying instructions in preparation for writing them; D&T – following instructions to make something useful and fun; Maths – estimating the number of daisies in a footprint. Also team-work – building a castle as a team – turn-taking, working safely and thoughtfully – standing still and carefully observing the blue flowers to count the number of bees busily collecting pollen (we counted 8 in a small area). We all had a very enjoyable, the kite-making and kite-flying clearly the favourite activities. Here are some photos of Green Class joining in safely outdoors.
The sun shone upon us today and we were able to join in Outdoor Classroom Day. We had planned a range of activities and I will let the pictures (and the children) to speak for themselves.
Both classes were split in groups and each group participated on all activities.
They each made a kite, flew it in fields and took it home. I hope you can have a go (after the rain).
They then found out how many daisies could they stand on but cutting out their footprints in card, estimating how many daisies would fit into their ‘foot’ and then counted out.
Following up from our seaside topic for this half-term, the children built sandcastles and decorated them beautifully.
Another favourite activity was the memory game. The children were fantastic at remembering which items were in the bag.
At the end of the day, they each chose a seed to plant, after guessing which plant that seed will become. Once their seeds germinate, they will be sent home so they can watch it grow.
It started to rain as soon as we came back inside to get ready to go home. We were so pleased with how involved everyone were in the activities, asking pertinent questions and really moving their learning into practice.
Sainsbury’s is – sadly – not selling any more vouchers – though it’s useful to check if the store has any left when you shop. We have until 30TH JUNE to bring the vouchers in; and then we’ll need to place the order for the items in their special catalogue.
The box is looking nice and full and I hope to count all the vouchers (or see if my sons will help!) this weekend and will look forward to telling you the grand total.
In the meantime, please do double-check with the store if they have any and search purses, wallets and with relatives and friends to see if there any more to bring in to boost the total as high as possible.
Thank you very much for your continued support with the vouchers – together, you have done a great job to boost the school’s PE resources.
We finished the week with games outside – hopefully the start of many PE sessions outdoors this summer. The children really enjoyed controlling the ball by rolling it and then trying to roll the ball to a partner while a third player tried to intercept it.
Maths has continued learning about numbers to 100 by comparing numbers a providing different reasons as to why one is greater or less than the other.
We have continued the learning from the Victorian day at the sea by writing a postcard including activities which people would have done about 100 years ago.
During guided reading, one-to -one reading and whole-class story time we look for the clues which tell us which expression to use when reading; and we ask the children to read all texts with cadence and intonation, re-reading some parts with more expression if need be. If you could also do the same with your children when reading at home, that would really help their development in reading.
The photos show some of the healthy plants the seeds are growing into. The children enjoy seeing what happens to them on a day-by-day basis and are starting to use the words for the different parts of the plant correctly.
It’s just over a week till the May Fair! The children have told me what wonderful cooks their parents are and what goodies you will cook for the fair! Please send any more contributions next week. Thank you. Wishing you all a happy, sunny weekend.
The phosot so
The orders will need to be returned to us by Monday 22nd May 2017 for any class or whole school photographs you wish to order. The prices are as follows (this is also on the order forms):
7″ x 5″ – £12.50
10″ x 7″ – £13.50
Whole school photo
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20″ x 8″ – £22.50
In the afternoon one class went on a train journey to reach St Albans on Sea, while the others worked at the seaside getting things ready for the visitors. The children played hook-a-duck, went to the cafe, went to the fish and chip shop, watched Punch ad Judy, played roll-a-penny, bought souvenirs and had a lovely time spending the 12d they all had in their purses. Mrs Cameron ended the afternoon a very funny – updated! – interactive Punch and Judy show, ably assisted by two year one children.
A very big thank you to all the parents who came to help. It would not be possible to run days like this without all the adults providing assistance and support to the children.
The children’s behaviour and engagement were excellent and made all the adults very proud. They played and learnt independently and safely – you can see the concentration in t their faces in the photos. We hope that you all enjoy sharing the lovely things the children have made and that they have some interesting, new knowledge about British life in the past to share with you.